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Annual mammograms, breast self-exams still essential for early detection

2:54 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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Hi Everyone! It's Dr. Christine Granfield, Medical Director of Breast Imaging for Baptist Health/the Hill Breast Center.
 
I want to share with you an important new Harvard medical school study confirming the importance of beginning annual screening mammography, for women of average risk, by 40 years of age. This study, published in "Cancer" this month, showed that in women that died of breast cancer, 70 percent of the women did NOT receive regular screening mammograms, and half of those women were younger than age 50.
 
The American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, The Society of Breast Imaging and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure continue to recommend annual mammograms beginning at age 40 for women of average risk.  

Otherwise, women of any age with other higher risk factors should discuss important additional screening options with their health care provider.
 
"Until better screening tools are developed, early detection coupled with early and effective treatment are the best defense we have," says the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
 
The combination of regular mammography as recommended by the American Cancer Society, annual physical exam by your personal physician and monthly breast self-examination (BSE) is considered the best way to detect breast cancer early and save women's lives.

Dr. Christine Granfield, Medical Director of Breast Imaging for Baptist Health/the Hill Breast Center

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